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A Day in the Life… of a Female Swing


Rehearsals are in full swing for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Kathryn Barnes, Female Swing, takes us behind-the-scenes and gives us an insight into a typical day in rehearsals.

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It’s my job, as Female Swing, to understudy 8 different parts in the show. A typical rehearsal day revolves around my ‘Swing Bible’ which contains maps of all movement and direction that occurs during the show. During the day I make the changes and add relevant information, preparing me to be able to go on stage without disrupting the flow of the show.


As dance numbers and scenes are being created or rehearsed I use the time to observe and make notes. This ensures that I pick up all of Stephen Mear‘s wonderful choreographic details and patterns.

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Throughout a typical day in rehearsals, Matt Overfield (the Male Swing) and I practice choreography so we can jump into the show when necessary. We are usually found practising something in a corner somewhere but here we are working on one of the dance numbers.

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